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Cicero youths to host lemonade stand to raise money for pediatric cancer research

Three Cicero youths held a fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand, a pediatric cancer charity, Friday and Saturday, raising more than $1,200. From left are Madison King, 8, Nadia Greco, 6, and Owen Greco, 8. Also pictured is Irina Schuldt, 9, also of Cicero.

Three Cicero youths held a fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand, a pediatric cancer charity, Friday and Saturday, raising more than $1,200. From left are Madison King, 8, Nadia Greco, 6, and Owen Greco, 8. Also pictured is Irina Schuldt, 9, also of Cicero. Photo by Sarah Hall.

— In addition to raising money for an important cause, the lemonade stand provides an important lesson for the children.

“I think it’s important for Madison and her friends to continue their efforts,” said Lisa King. “It reminds them not to take life for granted and to be thoughtful of others around you, and to be grateful for what you do have.”

Last year, the youths raised a total of $1,257.08 with a $100 match from Carrier Corp. Lisa King said she hopes for an even bigger turnout this year.

“We’re just hoping people can stop out whether it’s to offer encouragement or well wishes, or if they can make that small contribution,” she said. “We’re really hoping to raise awareness of an important cause, regardless of the financial donations we get. It’s such an important cause, and we hope to have the community’s support.”

The stand will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, at the Kings’ home, 8434 Rollercoaster Drive, Cicero. For more information about Alex’s Lemonade Stand or to learn how to host a stand of your own, visit alexslemonade.org.

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